This is part of the EdTech program, housed in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT).

The technology in schools emphasis area prepares you to use plan and implement advanced technologies in classrooms and other learning environments.

In this emphasis area you will engage in professional growth and leadership to:

  • Understand theories and perspectives in using technology to support teaching and learning;
  • Use technology planning, management and integration in an educational setting;
  • Build strategies that advance teaching and learning with technology.

Degree Requirements

The specialist degree is a 30-hour program of specialization built upon the master’s degree.Use specialist degree forms in the Forms section. At least 15 credit hours must be at the 8000 and 9000 level.

Course Requirements

The curriculum reflects the dynamic nature of the field. Your technology in schools program of study consists of 30 graduate credit hours. The overall program structure includes course work in three categories:

  • Required courses (13 credit hours)
  • Recommended electives (17 credit hours)

Credit hour limitations:

  • A maximum of six hours of transfer credits
  • A maximum of 12 hours of Problems courses (ISLT 7085 or ISLT 9085)

SISLT Course Descriptions


When you are accepted into the program, you will be assigned a faculty adviser. You should email your adviser to begin the program planning process.Use the Technology in Schools Advising Aid to guide your program planning throughout your program. This aid provides information on the steps you go through in your program: getting started, planning your program of study and portfolio preparation.For the specialist degree, students need to file these forms:


Every Master’s and Educational Specialist degree student in the Technology in Schools emphasis area must submit a portfolio of products and artifacts of interventions demonstrating mastery of the competencies for the selected focus area. Ideally, products and artifacts are added to the portfolio as the work is completed, rather than waiting until the last minute to assemble the portfolio.

While each portfolio is as unique as the individuals in the LTD program, all share the following elements:

  • Professional resume
  • Description of the competencies
  • Products and artifacts that demonstrate mastery of the competencies
  • Evaluative information regarding the quality of the products
  • Reflection on the artifacts and their relationship to the competencies and personal learning statement
  • Your Program of Study

Consult your advisor for examples of recently completed portfolios.

How is a Portfolio Created?

The portfolio is a website consisting of products and artifacts demonstrating mastery of the LTD competencies. There may be a few elements that are not actually included in the website (e.g., a 100-page technology plan you co-authored; a computer lab you designed), but there is some representation of these products (e.g., an executive summary of the plan; blue prints and images of the lab). Larger documents can be included as PDF files.

Creating the portfolio is just like creating any other website: design it, build it, test it, and revise it. Periodically, you will probably add something to the website. You may build your portfolio on a web hosting site such as BlueHost, Neocities, Weebly, Wix, etc.

A SISLT advisor will examine the portfolio before it is presented for formal review and make suggestions for improvement when warranted.

In addition, a one-credit-hour seminar is offered to assist students in portfolio development (7378 Portfolio Development). The seminar is designed to be taken after completion of at least 12 credits (including 9467 and either 7360 or 7370) and admission to the program. After the course is completed you still can, and are encouraged to, add to and edit your portfolio for presentation.

How Is a Portfolio Presented?

Portfolios are presented completely online. The SISLT review committee examines your portfolio and either passes it or suggests revisions.  When all revisions are acceptable, the portfolio passes.  If the portfolio does not address all concerns, a conference call is held to get the portfolio back on track. During the conference call, the review committee will offer suggestions for additional work or changes to the portfolio. Once the committee is satisfied that the competencies are adequately addressed, the portfolio is accepted.

The portfolio must be available for faculty review on the date given.

Note: You must be a registered student the semester in which you plan to graduate. Simply put, you cannot finish all of your coursework and present your portfolio the following semester without being enrolled in something. This means you must register for at least one course, or there is an “Exam Only” option available for students who have completed all required coursework.

Need help? Contact the SISLT Student Coordinator by:

Phone: 573-884-2670

877-747-5868 (toll free)


How is a Portfolio Evaluated?

Three SISLT faculty members evaluate a student’s portfolio and presentation. The review process asks two basic questions:

  • Does the student know what the competencies mean?
  • Has the student demonstrated adequate mastery of the competencies?

The portfolio and its presentation are considered collectively. Additionally, consideration is given to the entry knowledge and skills of the student and the student’s professional goals. If a portfolio or presentation is found to be lacking, the student is given the opportunity to make the necessary adjustments (e.g., add elements to the portfolio, enhance the presentation, enhance the products or innovations). 

What Happens Once the Portfolio is Approved?

Provided you have completed all the coursework listed in your official Program of Study (M-1 or S-1) and passed your portfolio review, you are ready for graduation!

The semester before you are ready to graduate, apply online at so that your name can be added to the graduation list for the Graduate School. As long as you have all the appropriate forms signed and submitted to the Student Coordinator’s office, you’re all set.

Need help? Contact the SISLT Student Coordinator by:

Phone: 573-884-2670

877-747-5868 (toll free)



Before You Apply

You may take up to nine hours of SISLT course work prior to being admitted, but:

  • Taking courses prior to applying does not guarantee admission;
  • Be sure to take courses that will be included in your program of study – check with the student coordinator office before enrolling;
  • No more than nine hours will count toward your degree before you are officially accepted into the program.


  • May 1 for summer admission.
  • July 1 for fall admission.
  • Sept. 1 for second 8 week fall courses.
  • December 1 for spring admission.
  • Feb. 1 for second 8 week spring courses.

Course enrollment dates vary from semester to semester. For the most current information, visit the MU academic calendar for dates to remember.

Admission Requirements

  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher (A=4.0) on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work
  • Some types of relevant experience
  • GRE scores are not required.
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable): at least 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based)

If you don’t meet one of the above standards, you could possibly be admitted on probation status. If this happens, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 during your first 12 hours of graduate course work, with no grade lower than a B.

How to Apply

  • Prepare electronic versions (e.g., Word files) of your resume and statement of purpose (what you hope your degree will do for you). If you have electronic versions of your letters of recommendation, you should have these ready as well.
  • Apply using our convenient online Graduate Application system. Be sure to upload your resume, statement of purpose and letters of recommendation.
  • Provide an official copy of your transcript from the college or university where you received your bachelor’s degree and your TOEFL scores if English is not your first language.
    • Official transcripts should be sent to Graduate Admissions, 210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.

Admission Decisions

Once all your application materials are in place, we will review your credentials and notify you of the decision. Most decisions are made within a month.If you must have your admission decision by a certain date, please notify our student coordinator, providing the date and rationale. We will do our best to meet your deadline.


SISLT Student Services Office

303 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211